Grammar GuideVocabularyThe Days of the Week in Spanish

The Days of the Week in Spanish

Time to learn seven little words that you’ll use over and over when speaking Spanish: los días de la semana (the days of the week). Here they are!

SpanishEnglish
lunes
Monday
martes
Tuesday
miércoles
Wednesday
jueves
Thursday
viernes
Friday
sábado
Saturday
domingo
Sunday

The days of the week are not capitalized in Spanish.

No tengo clase el lunes. (I don’t have class on Monday.)

No tengo clase el Lunes.

A Bit of Etymology

Etymology, or la etimología, is a fancy word that means word origin. Most of the Spanish days of the week are named for heavenly bodies, because they are of Greco-Roman etymology. Out of this world!

Day of the WeekNamed For
lunesla luna (the Moon)
martesMarte (Mars)
miércolesMercurio (Mercury)
juevesJúpiter (Jupiter)
viernesVenus (Venus)
sábadosabat (Hebrew word for rest)
domingoDominus (Lord in Latin)

Now let’s see los días de la semana in practice!

Juan:
¿Qué día es hoy, amigo?
What day is today, buddy?
Marco:
Es viernes.
It’s Friday.
Juan:
¿En serio? Pensé que era sábado.
Really? I thought it was Saturday.
Marco:
Ay, amigo, estás en las nubes. Los sábados no tenemos clase.
Wow, buddy, your head’s in the clouds. We don’t have class on Saturdays.

The singular and plural forms of the days of the week that end in s are the same in Spanish. All you have to do is change the article!

No tengo clase el lunes.
I don’t have class on Monday.

No tengo clase los lunes.
I don’t have class on Mondays.

Worried about remembering the names of los días de la semana? If you memorize this little poem, you’ll be set!

SpanishEnglish
Los días de la semana son siete nada más.
There are only seven days of the week.
Si aprendes este poema, ¡los recordarás!
If you learn this poem, you’ll remember them!
El lunes hace viento.
It’s windy on Monday.
El martes, ¡qué calor!
On Tuesday it’s so hot!
El miércoles hace fresco.
On Wednesday it’s chilly.
El jueves sale el sol.
On Thursday the sun comes out.
El viernes llueve a veces,
On Friday it rains sometimes,
El sábado normalmente no.
On Saturday it normally does not.
El domingo hay arco iris,
On Sunday there’s a rainbow,
Y vamos al parque tú y yo.
And you and I go to the park.
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